Morgan Academy varsity baseball wins area championship

Morgan Academy's varsity baseball team won the area championship on Tuesday against Clarke Prep.

Great defense behind an Osagie Aghedo no hitter lifted the Morgan Academy varsity Senators to the championship of AISA Class AAA Region 2 Area 1 baseball at Clarke Prep on Tuesday, April 13.

After falling to Clarke Prep 4-3 on the road in game one, the Morgan Academy varsity baseball Senators played some good defense behind a beautifully pitched no hitter by Aghedo to down the Gators 6-2 in game two to take the area title.

The Senators improved to 16-6 overall and 6-2 in area play. The state championship playoffs begin on Friday, April 23 with the Senators getting a first round bye. The Senators will host the second round at Morgan Academy beginning Thursday, April 29. Morgan Academy head baseball coach Stephen Clements said his Senators will host two or three other No. 1 seeds for some baseball at home during the bye week on Thursday, April 22.

Clements said Aghedo pitched “lights out” in game two of Tuesday’s championship game, while Andrew Thomas got a base clearing triple. “We thank the Lord for letting us play and taking care of us,” he said. “And we just keep working a battling pitch after pitch.”

Late scoring cost the Senators in game one. The game was tied at 3 all in the fifth inning when a sacrifice fly scored one run for the Gators and the 4-3 win.

Thomas led things off for the Senators on the mound in that game, giving up four runs on four hits in six innings, striking out three and walking zero. Aghedo and John Allen Ingram got one hit each for Morgan.

But Aghedo was “brilliant on the hill,” in Clements’ words, in game two to clinch the area title.

The Senators got things going in the second inning when Chris Gardner doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run. But Clarke Prep knotted things up at 1 all in the bottom of the second inning when Aghedo threw a wild pitch that allowed one run across the plate for the Gators.

Aghedo got the win for the Senators on the hill, going seven innings, allowing zero hits and two runs, and striking out nine batters. He also led the Senators at the plate with two hits in three at bats.

Clements said Tuesday was “a great day to be a Senator.” He said, “Super proud of the guys. They just keep battling and playing the next pitch.”

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